The Floating Bridge could be back in action in a few weeks’ time, according to Cowes Harbour Commission.
At the start of this month (Nov) the Isle of Wight Council said the results of a review into the design, build and delivery of the ‘new’ Chain Ferry will be revealed in January (2018).
However, while the review is ongoing, efforts are being made to bring the Floating Bridge back into service ‘as soon as possible’.
There are plans for the alterations made to the vessel’s chain systems to be tested to make sure clearances over the main drive chains have improved.
The trials, which Cowes Harbour Commission will be helping with, are expected to happen in early December (as soon as this week) and if successful, could mean the Floating Bridge will be back in service before the end of the year.
A replacement passenger service is being shared between Solent and Wightline Cruises and Cowes Water Taxis Ltd, but is still being managed by the Isle of Wight Council.
Due to a number of issues, the new Floating Bridge was taken out of service in early September this year (2017).